Japanese acupuncture techniques are sometimes very helpful treatments for tinnitus. Tinnitus, or "ringing in the ears", is a disturbing symptom in which it seems as if a constant humming, ringing, or buzzing affects one, or both ears. A variation of this symptom is a blowing or "swooshing" sound in the ear that coincides with the pulsebeat. If you have considered traditional medicine techniques such as acupuncture and herbal medicine for this problem, you can find more information on acupuncture and herbal medicine at our website.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are very popular solutions in Europe and the Far East. For more than 2500 years, generations of patients and physicians have depended on traditional Oriental medicine for the treatment of all varieties of disorders.
Many causes for tinnitus have been described. One of the more common is associated with decreased hearing that results from exposure to loud noises or loss of hearing with age related disorders. Some widely prescribed medications can cause damage to the inner ears and this can result in tinnitus. I have also seen tinnitus as the result of a concussion or blow to the head. There are also patterns of imbalance in the acupuncture channels which are associated with tinnitus
Whereas Western has few solutions to the problems of tinnitus, acupuncture and herbal medicines can sometimes be very helpful. Because with the passage of time, the problem becomes more complex, and treatment is more prolonged and difficult, we always advise a patient to give it a try in the early stages.
The results of tinnitus treatments can be very satisfying to the patient if applied promptly after the appearance of the symptom. Tinnitus associated with concussion or head injury is especially responsive if treatment is applied soon after the injury, prefereably within 48 hours. In addition to acupuncture, herbal medicine is often helpful for traumatic injury.
Traditional medical practitioners believe that the essence of medicine lies in the power of the relationship between doctor and patient. In fact, there is no medicine when the relationship is not positive. For positive results with our tinnitus treatments, there has to be mutual trust, mutual responsibility and a common commitment of both patient and physician to improve the patient's health.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.